Saturday, 3 November 2012

Composition Photography Workshops

The Photographers Lounge has recently announced a series of "Composition Workshops" desigend to help photographers take better photos. A list of these workshops is below.

December Workshop - X-Mas Street Photography Workshop
Downtown Waterloo is the perfect location to capture the Christmas lights at night. Waterloo Town Square is a great launching point to walk up and down King Street and head over to Waterloo Park to photograph the lights and the twinkles in kids eyes.
Date: Friday, December 14th, 2012 - 7:30pm till 10:00pm

January Workshop - Rural Winter Workshop
As the ground freezes and the forests open up the photographer is presented with unique and new subjects to photograph. From baren pine forests to pathways that lead to nowhere; this is the time of year you should not be sitting indoors watching TV and reading magazines. Join us on a morning walk through the forest at Puslinch Lake.
Date: Sunday, January 13, 2013 - 9:00am till 11:30am

February Workshop - Frozen Water Workshop
Lake Ontario offers a beautiful photographic scenery 365 days a year. The winter offers the photographer a unique perspective of frozen formations, water and wild life. We will head to Burlington's waterfront and take a stroll down the board walk to capture the scenic waterscapes and people.
Date: February 17, 2013 from 9am till 11:30am

April Workshop - Spring Flower Workshop
April showers used to bring May flowers, but times are changing and the rural roads are lined with new growth. And The Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton always have unique and seasonal flowers blooming inside and outside in the vast landscape that the grounds cover.
The cost for the workshop does not cover the fee to enter the facility.
Date: Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 9:30 am till 12:00pm

May Workshop - Farmers Market Workshop
Waterloo Farmers Market is an iconic destination in Ontario for travellers and locals. A visit to the market with your camera will present you with photographic opportunities that include, Mennonites, vendors, people, fruit, vegetables, street performers and livestock (horses, pigs, cows)
Date: Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 9:30am till 12:00pm

June Workshop - Abandoned Photography Workshop
Did you know that there are dozens and dozens of hidden gens that have been abandoned along the Ontario waterways? One such abandoned location is the old German Mill along the Grand River between Glenn Morris and Cambridge. Together we will go for a hike through the bush and walk to the old German Mill that sits along the Grand River.
While we are together we will also give you a list of other safe abandoned locations you can visit in Ontario.
Date: Saturday, June 1, 2013 from 9:00am till 12:00pm

June Workshop - Out at the Badlands Workshop
Many people have visited the "Badlands", and if you have you know that the area has so many photographic opportunities that you can get lost in the location. Together we will work on composition and help you segment the area into scenes to help you walk away with some unique and compelling images you will want to share with your friends.
Date: Saturday, June 22, 2013 from 8:00am till 11:00am

July Workshop - Urban Exploration Workshop
One of the most historic and quant cities in Ontario is Galt, Ontario. With its long history of being a mill town, the factory buildings still stand. Now, 100 years later, modern facilities have crept in and a well conceived mix of old and new exists on this river town.
From some of the oldest churches, to the Grand River, to the University buildings; you will be presented with photography opportunities of old and new.
Date: Saturday, July 20 from 9am till 11:30am

August Workshop - Under the Stars and City Light Workshop
If you want to capture the photo of a lifetime you have be there at the best times. The Toronto skyline is one of the most photogenic along the Lake Ontario coastline.
We may be getting up early for this one, but you will be presented with skyline photographic opportunities that range from city lights, to blue hour and into the golden hour.
We will start our on the waterfront and end our time together at the Distillery District in Toronto.
Date: Saturday, August 31, 2013 from 4:30am till 8:30am

September Workshop - Golden Hour Workshop
One of my favorite places to photograph is along western shores of Lake Ontario. It is here where you will be presented with a beautiful view of a sunrise over the water. Along the beach you will also see broken down piers, birds and a very photographic shoreline with a mix of sand and pebbles.
Everyone that visits this location wants to return time and time again... and so will you.
Date: Saturday, September 7, 2013 from 6:30am till 9:30am

October Workshop - Fall Colours Workshop
The Forks of the Credit offers the photographer some of the most beautiful scenes in Ontario. The undulating landscape and dense tree population, combined with flowing rivers is unmatched in Ontario. Come with us as we go and photograph this area while we teach you how to capture those iconic photos you see in calendars and postcards.
Date: Saturday, October 14, 2013 - 9:00am till 11:00am

November Workshop - Santa Clause Parade Workshop
A visit to a Santa Clause Parade offers much more photographic opportunities than just the floats that meander by you. What about the people, the Christmas decorations, the performers?
But getting that great shot is often not as easy as it first seems. The crowd gets in the way, the angle is not right. We will teach you how to attend a parade and walk away with well composed photos that you will be proud of.
Date: Yet to be determined.

On our Creative Composition workshop you will learn how to develop your photographic eye and start to create great photos rather than just taking snaps.

The workshop is aimed at beginners who are new to their camera – whether a compact or DSLR – and who are looking for a gentle introduction into photography.

The Creative Composition workshop will be of use if you are looking to create images that are pleasing to the eye and create visual stories that are interesting.
Your workshop will begin with a discussion on what makes "Good Composition".
  • Orientation and the rule of thirds
  • Leading lines, curves and S-bends
  • Framing and filling the frame
  • Perspective and depth of field
  • Colour and shapes
All these compositional terms will be explained using a range of professional images.

After our discussion we will be putting the theory into practice.

As the workshop moves outside, 1:1 time is available with the Workshop Leader(s) to help you apply such principles to your own photos. It finishes back indoors with a review of your photos over coffee; a powerful opportunity to understand how others see and capture scenes.

The practical discussion will take place at a predetermined location where we can sit as a group and have a discussion without interruption.

Although this workshop can be completed at any time, it is well suited to being taken at the beginning of your photography journey.

Our workshops run from two (2) to three (3) hours and the timing has been listed above in the Composition Workshop schedule.

How It Works
You arrive at the workshop at the predetermined time. You are responsible for getting yourself to and from the workshop.

Once you register you will receive directions to the studio. To register please visit

Who Should Attend
The photographer that will get the most out of one of these workshops is someone that has a camera and wants to learn how to take better photos with the gear they have.